Westlife and MaBy headline event to celebrate queen's visit
Published 28/04/2011 | 05:00
WESTLIFE and Mary Byrne will be among the headline acts to play for 2,000 guests invited to celebrate Ireland's links with Britain at a special ceremony during Queen Elizabeth's first official visit here.
The British Ambassador to Ireland Julian King will host the so-called 'return event' on May 19 -- an evening of fashion, music and theatre at the Dublin Convention Centre in the city's docklands.
President Mary McAleese will be the guest of honour at the event.
"This is the first state visit to Ireland, our closest neighbour," Mr King said. "We wanted to mark this historic occasion, and to reflect the huge support and interest there has been in this visit."
The evening's entertainment is being produced by Harry Crosbie, one of the key figures in the redevelopment of the docklands, Riverdance director John McColgan, film- maker Gerald Heffernan and magazine publisher Norah Casey.
Westlife and former contestant on 'The X Factor' and ex-supermarket worker Byrne are among the headline acts to be confirmed.
"We have put together a programme that showcases the best of British and Irish fashion, and will bring together on one stage some of the finest performers working in Ireland today," said Mr King.
"It promises to be a memorable occasion, an opportunity to celebrate the queen's visit, but also the love of music, the spoken word, fashion and design that people from across our two countries share."
The 'return event' is standard practice during a state tour when the visiting country arranges a special occasion for the host country.
The event is expected to be shown live on RTE.